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Press relating to Anna Barriball

  • London Round-up: Anna Barriball at Frith Street Gallery

    Published in Art Monthly, May 2016 ( No. 396 28-29 )

    In 1970 Robert Motherwell wrote that, in the humanism of abstraction, ‘you don’t have to paint a figure in order to express human feelings…states of feeling, when generalised, become questions of light, colour, weight, solidity, airiness, lyricism, sombreness, heaviness, strength’. His words have their echo in the robust and intense, quietly disclosive drawings of Anna Barriball at Frith Street Gallery.

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  • Anna Barriball ~ Mark Prince

    Published in Frieze, 17 February 2014

    Not all of Anna Barriball’s art is photographic, but its various forms share a preoccupation with the legacy of casual representation. They are poised between appealing to the remaining recognition of photography’s veracity, and asking us to complicitly acknowledge that this has been diminished to a motif. This theme can become portentously elegiac, as if a casual link to the past automatically granted poignancy to retrospection, and Barriball’s work has a monumental, meditative quality that tends to encourage such an assumption. Like Stezaker, she uses overt artifice - in her case, arbitrary colouring and formalistic patterning - as a counterforce to resist submission to the seductiveness of nostalgia.

    http://www.frieze.com/issue/review/anna-barriball/

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  • In the studio: Anna Barriball ~ Karen Wright

    Published in The Independent, 22 November 2013

    It was a flat tyre that led me to Anna Barriball. I had been visiting Hurvin Anderson’s studio in Bermondsey, South London, when I found myself stranded in the rain. Barriball, who works in the same complex, rescued me, taking me into her studio to wait for the AA.

    Her studio is on the same floor as Anderson’s in the former biscuit factory and shares his outlook – an open sky and trains zipping by on the aqueduct. She loves the beautiful sunsets, she says, apologising that she has to carry on working as she talks. Her pieces are due to go to the framers later today for her new show at Frith Street Gallery. Her assistant, Annabel, carries on painting a strip of fluorescent orange that will eventually be hidden but will cast its ethereal light across the final work.

    Barriball often works on the same theme. One set of drawings is made using the mundane ceiling tiles often seen in 1970s buildings, by painstakingly piercing through the tiles with a pencil. I ask how long they take to make. “They take time. There is often a layering of time, in the making and the subject. I’m also showing video loops at Frith Street. They’re made from still images edited together to give movement and duration.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/in-the-studio-anna-barriball-artist-8954829.html

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  • Anna Barriball: Fruitmarket Gallery ~ Moira Jeffrey

    Published in Scotsman, January 2012

    This impulse to make contact with surfaces is everywhere in Barriball’s work. Door is an entire traditional door, made by laying a sheet on the surface and covering it with graphite, like a kind of brass rubbing. In the process it acquires three dimensions, like a shallow relief sculpture. Mirror Window Wall is a series of sash windows rendered, through similar techniques in silver ink.

    Again Barriball is worrying away with the questions of openings and barriers, apertures and dead ends. Mirror Window Wall confuses. You wonder about whether it, or you, is inside or out. Many of Barriball’s similar works render something transparent like glass into a hard opaque surface.

    http://www.scotsman.com/scotland-on-sunday/the-week/art/review_anna_barriball_fruitmarket_gallery_edinburgh_1_2084158

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  • Anna Barriball: Milton Keynes Gallery ~ Cherry Smith

    Published in Art Monthly, December 2011

    Most of Barriball’s pieces in this thoughtfully installed show work on a poetic, conceptual level that, like the slow shadow photographs of Uta Barth or the charcoal night sky drawings by Vija Celmins, reward long looking. In a superb diptych called Shutters II, 2011, she has taken a graphite rubbing of two arched shutters. There is a terrifi c play of shade, shading and shadow, as the work moves from the shutters’ purpose of darkening a room to the act of blackening the page through shading…..Simple and striking, Light drawing, 2000, meets the challenge artists have faced for centuries: how to draw light. Barriball has coloured every inch of the metal surface of an angle-poise lamp with yellow marker pen and then drawn a circle of tungsten yellow on a card on the wall as if the yellow is pouring itself onto the lit surface.

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  • Anna Barriball ~ Sophy Rickett

    Published in Photomonitor, December, 2011

    As with her work in other media, with photography Barriball works with the objects and architecture that surround her, appropriating what already exists, breathing life into something that was already there.

    http://www.photomonitor.co.uk/2011/12/anna-barriball-reviewed-by-sophy-rickett/

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  • ANNA BARRIBALL: Posters, leaves and photographs, drawings, detachment and intimacy ~ Chris Fite-Wassilak

    Published in Frieze, April 2009

    Barriball’s work hovers between states, playfully bouncing between documentation and transformation, detachment and intimacy. In her recent exhibition at London’s Frith Street Gallery, the floor was seemingly scattered with leaves, a serene autumnal scene for a pleasant stroll. Each leaf in Untitled (2008), however, was a piece of cloth cut from the patterns of second hand curtains; countless inane floral draperies and vegetal patterns given a new, theatrical life that was neither natural nor domestic, though still relying on both.

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  • ANNA BARRIBALL ~ Rebecca Geldard

    Published in Modern Painters, April 2009

    Anna Barriball employs minimalist and conceptualist strategies with a rigor that suggests empirical propriety, yet her experiments with found objects and materials are rife with phenomenological paradoxes concerning art, matter, and the passage of time.

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  • ANNA BARRIBALL ~ Eliza Williams

    Published in Flash Art, March April 2009

    On the walls of the space, Barriball has hung a series of delicate works that play with the concept of drawing. Created by covering sheets of fine cotton paper with silver-coloured ink, which are then left to dry against various brick walls, the resulting works are subtle portraits of surfaces ofter ignored or overlooked, with the unique lines of the walls penetrating the paper and forming marks and occasionally tears and holes.

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  • ANNA BARRIBALL ~ Laura McLean-Ferris

    Published in Art Monthly, March 2009

    ...Sunset/Sunrise V, a final work in this show which is a pencil rubbing of a sunshaped stained-glass window design. The surface of this bumpy glass is richly seductive in texture, like microscopic skin, and the symbol of a cold grey graphite sun is another example of a stylised natural form that is beckoned forth into a building’s threshold.

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